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Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference2015

May 19-21, 2015 | Detroit, Michigan

Reclaiming Vacant Properties Training SessionsThe sixth national Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference came to Detroit, Michigan, May 19-21, 2015. The conference was held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center and drew more than 1,000 people.


Through the Reclaiming Vacant Properties (RVP) Conference, Community Progress educates, energizes, and empowers community revitalization professionals and stakeholders from across the country to tackle one of the most pressing issues facing our cities and towns.


Themed “Beyond Blight: Building a Bold Movement,” the conference explored the latest tools to combat vacancy and move beyond neighborhood blight, as well as how government officials, community leaders, and others in the field can join forces across departments, cities, and even states to achieve wide-scale positive change. Conference sessions highlighted work from around the country, including efforts in Michigan.


Credit Tieshka Smith for the Center for Community ProgressHeld every eighteen months, the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference is the sole national conference dedicated to helping communities overcome vacant, blighted properties. It attracts and connects professionals from many interrelated fields, including community development, urban policy, code enforcement, affordable housing, urban planning, economic development, and public safety.


Who should attend?


RVP is a great opportunity for government, nonprofit, private sector, and community leaders  who are interested in exploring the challenges and opportunities presented by vacant and abandoned properties and learning the latest strategies and tools to revitalize America’s cities and towns.


Credit Tieshka Smith for the Center for Community ProgressWhat will I get out of it?


With in-depth sessions, field workshops extensive networking, and knowledge-sharing opportunities, attendees leave with practical tools and ideas for their communities.


About the Center for Community Progress:

Founded in 2010, the Center for Community Progress is the only national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization solely dedicated to building a future in which entrenched, systemic blight no longer exists in American communities. The mission of Community Progress is to ensure that communities have the vision, knowledge, and systems to transform blighted, vacant, and other problem properties into assets supporting neighborhood vitality. As a national leader on solutions for blight and vacancy, Community Progress serves as the leading resource for local, state, and federal policies and best practices that address the full cycle of property revitalization. Major support for Community Progress is generously provided by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Ford Foundation.